Avro 523 Pike


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Avro 523 Pike

Flown for the first time in May 1916, the Pike three-seat twin-engined biplane was designed primarily to meet an Admiralty requirement for a long-range escort and anti-airship fighter. The pilot was seated just ahead of the mainplanes with gunners' cockpits, each with a free-mounted 7.7mm Lewis, fore and aft. Of wooden construction with fabric skinning, the first prototype Pike had two 150hp Sunbeam eight-cylinder liquid-cooled engines mounted as pushers driving two-bladed propellers via extension shafts. A second Pike, the Avro 523A, differed primarily in having two 150hp Green six-cylinder liquid-cooled engines driving tractor propellers and a Scarff-type ring mounting for the forward Lewis gun. No production of the Pike was ordered following completion of official trials.

Avro 523 PikeA three-view drawing (648 x 646)

 MODELAvro 523
 ENGINE2 x 160hp Sunbeam Nubian
  Take-off weight2751 kg6065 lb
  Empty weight1814 kg3999 lb
  Wingspan18.29 m60 ft 0 in
  Length11.91 m39 ft 1 in
  Height3.55 m12 ft 8 in
  Wing area75.71 m2814.93 sq ft
  Max. speed156 km/h97 mph

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